Effective Wednesday, October 6, 2021 Masks are required for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, under the following circumstances:

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Upcoming Events & Announcements

Planning Your Visit
As of September 7, masks are required for anyone entering the building. Masks will be available at the Front Desk if you need one during your visit. Consistent with CDC guidance, the City does not consider face shields to be an adequate substitute for face masks due to the possibility that droplets could travel under or to the side of the shield. We also urge visitors to continue practicing social distancing measures. Properly worn masks have been and are still required to use our transportation service.

If you are unable to wear a mask, or feel safer at home:
--  We can assist you with services by phone or email.
--  We urge you to consider taking part in our Zoom classes.
--  You are welcome to order lunch through our Grab & Go service, though a mask is required for the short interaction with staff and volunteers.

Outdoor Flu Clinic with Walgreens
Thursday, October 14 from 9 - 11am
Get your high-dose flu shot at our outdoor Flu Clinic! There is no need to pre-register, but each participant must fill out an informed consent. You can download them here:
English | Spanish
Forms will also be available the day of the clinic. Masks must be properly worn & social distancing regulations adhered to.

Chair Massage Returns with The Massage Shoppe
Wednesdays starting August 4
We've partnered with The Massage Shoppe in Easthampton to provide massage appointments between 9am and 2pm each Wednesday. Appointments are $20 for 15 minutes of much-needed relaxation. Call the Senior Center at 322-5625 to schedule your visit.

AARP Tax-Aide Volunteer Program
The AARP Tax-Aide Program is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service, and they are seeking more volunteers for their team. Volunteer Tax Counselors work with area residents in preparing their tax returns on the computer. Basic computer skills and some experience in filing your own tax returns are helpful, along with a willingness to make a one day per week time commitment during our 10-week tax season. Hands-on training is provided in the classroom, and we have experienced Tax Counselors to assist at all sites. If you're interested in volunteering, please fill out an application to become a part of this invaluable team at: www.aarpfoundation.org/TaxaideVolunteer. For questions or additional information, please contact the Program Director at D5Taxaide@comcast.net.

Golden Senior Club Returns
Wednesdays at 1:00pm
The Golden Senior Club was created before a Senior Center was available for the older adults in our community. They're seeking new members who want to participate in their weekly meetings which include games & activities, musical entertainment, health & wellness lectures, book talks, luncheons, and more. For more information, stop by right before the beginning of a meeting to chat with club officers.

Stroke Survivors' Support Group
Thursdays at 10am
If you or a loved one are a stroke survivor, you are familiar with the life changes it can lead to, and the complications that can arise. We have a new opportunity available if you're interested in meeting with other folks who have experienced the aftermath of a stroke. This small but established group formerly met at the Holyoke Medical Center, and is ready to resume their weekly get-togethers. This group will meet in person. If you have any questions, please reach out to Eileen at 413-322-5625, or by email at maginnise@holyoke.org

Brown Bag Distributions for 2021
Brown Bag is distributed on the 4th Tuesday of every month between 2:15 and 3:15 pm. The dates for 2021 are as follows:
January 26
February 23
March 23
April 27
May 25
June 22
July 27
August 24
September 28
October 26
November 23
December 28

Dispose of Unwanted Medications
You can bring any prescription, non-prescription, vitamins, veterinary meds, etc. to the Medreturn Boxes at Police Departments in Holyoke, as well as Agawam, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Palmer, Southwick, West Springfield, Westfield, and Wilbraham, or at the Hampden County House of Correction in Ludlow and Chicopee.
These boxes do not accept needles or syringes, however, there is a drop box at the Senior Center for this purpose.

 

Winter Weather Notifications When Pertinent
Updates on ABC40, Fox6 & WWLP-22
We’ve had questions about how one might know that we are closed due to weather conditions. While the Senior Center is definitely closed each time Holyoke’s City Hall closes, it is not necessarily closed every time the schools close. It’s a good indication, but to be certain you should watch local TV and radio stations for updates. When we close, our offices are closed, all meals, rides, and in-person programs or services are canceled for the day, but we will do our best to reschedule. Zoom classes should continue to take place, but depending on circumstances (power outages, etc), individual instructors may have to cancel with little to no notice.

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